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#98 of 116 remote and security not working
Feb 12, 2010 (7:41 am)
I recently bought toyota avalon 1999. I received one remote which is not working. Dealer told me that it should be the dead battery. But it is still not working after replacing the battery. The red led on the remote is working on the remote this means remote is fine. But it is not able to lock/unlock doors of my car.
My power doors are working as I am able to lock/unlock doors from the driving seat.
I also noticed that the Toyota security LED is not blinking even after I lock the car. I dont know if the remotes are related to Toyota Security or not.
I appreciate if you can tell me how to diagnose the issue, I want to fix it myself as I heard that Toyota dealer charge too much for this.
Thanks in advance,
#99 of 116 Re: remote and security not working [punnu17]
Feb 12, 2010 (11:04 am)
It sounds like the remote may need to be programmed to your car. When I got a new remote, they had to look up a code to allow the remote to deactivate the security system and open the doors. As far as I know, you can't do it yourself. Either a locksmith that deals with toyota remotes or authorized Toyota garage or a dealer itself.
That is mostly speculation on my part. Perhaps someone else might have a way to do it, or suggest another alternative.
#100 of 116 Remote Starter
Nov 14, 2010 (8:13 am)
I have 2005 Avalon with Factory installed remote starter. Is there setting i can change to engage the seat warmers when the car is started remotely. also, why does the car shut off when i open the door. The reason for an autostart is to warm the engine and interior. all my other vehicles engage the fan and heaters, why cant Toyota?
#101 of 116 Re: Remote Starter [davide2]
Nov 14, 2010 (11:32 pm)
I have a 2006 Lmtd. I also have the factory remote start. I notice that when it is cold outside (don't know at what exterior temperature) the climate control does go to a heater/defrost mode on a warm setting. Try setting your climate control to a colder setting before you get out of the car. When it is cold out, remote start and look through the window. The temperature display and mode might be different then how you left it, and it will come back on at the same temp. and mode it was last in. I am usually always in AUTO mode though, so not sure what happens if you leave it out of AUTO mode. Could also be a 2006 change though- I am not sure.
I don't know how to remotely activate the seat heaters, other then leave them on before you exit the car.
I completely agree with how foolish how the car turns off when you open the door. I am thinking that it is because of the smart key system, but that is a guess. I too would like to know how to defeat the door opening causing the remote starter to shut-off. Thanks for posting!
#102 of 116 Re: Remote Starter [avalonfan1]
Nov 15, 2010 (4:00 am)
Do the doors lock automatically when you hit the remote start? If they don't, I've seen where you still need to hit 'unlock' prior to entering the vehicle to keep the engine on. Not sure if this willl work with your year, tho...just a thought. It should kill the engine only if the door is open AND the vehicle is put into gear...or at least this is how I was told that Toyota programmed it.
Also, the only way to have warm seats when you get in is to have them on prior to exiting the vehicle like you say....wouldn't it be nice if we could 'remote' in to our vehicles and mess with the settings? I see another iPhone app coming!
#103 of 116 Re: Remote Starter [robsis]
Nov 17, 2010 (11:47 am)
according the the VIP system manual (just a one-sheeter I found online, really), the doors lock automatically when you remote start the car. Are you saying that when you press "unlock" while in range for the smart key, you can enter the car without having the engine shut down? That would be news to many people, including myself, but good news. I'm having the factory remote starter installed tomorrow on a 2011 Sienna no matter what, but what you say is encouraging...
#104 of 116 Re: Remote Starter [robsis]
Nov 17, 2010 (5:41 pm)
Thanks for posting! To activate my factory remote start you hit the "lock" button on the remote three times, with the last (3rd) time holding the lock button down till the car starts. This locks all the doors before remote starting even works. I just went out and tested the remote start. If I hit the unlock button on the remote, the car shuts off. Also, if you open the door by grabbing the handle though the smart key, the car also shuts off. I may send an inquiry to Toyota, but I would LOVE it if I could have it re-programmed (even if I have to pay Toyota), but I am thinking this is something that can't be programmed out.
#105 of 116 Re: Remote Starter [avalonfan1]
Nov 17, 2010 (7:17 pm)
Here's what I was told by the svc mgr at my dealership:
1) When you activate the remote start, it will lock all the doors, then start the vehicle. The doors lock for obvious security and safety reasons.
2) Upon approaching the vehicle, you hit unlock and the doors unlock (or just get in with your smartkey) and you have approximately 5 minutes to get in and hit the start button manually (maybe with your foot on the brake...I didn't ask but I assume so...) and this lets the system know that you are in the car and to not shut the engine down in the preset time (he didn't say what this was; however, it may be in the neighborhood of 15-20 minutes, which is what I've seen on other remote starts...).
He seemed puzzled when I asked if the engine would shut down once you got in...basically asking: "Why would it do that?"
HTH. This makes sense to me and follows with other remote start systems I've seen...can't say for certain that he is right; however, it sure makes sense.
#106 of 116 Re: Remote Starter [robsis]
Nov 18, 2010 (9:14 am)
It's amazing how service people themselves know crap about systems like this. Systems they are supposed to install once in a while, right!? I'm having this installed today and initially the service manager told me "I doubt the engine shuts off when you open a door". He checked with a tech who confirmed it does exactly that. I was hoping that maybe if you unlocked the car with the remote when you are in range for the smart key to be recognized, the doors would open without the engine shutting down. According to another poster that's not the case
#107 of 116 Re: Remote Starter [avalonfan1]
Nov 18, 2010 (9:18 am)
Avalonfan1, when you hit unlock on the remote where you close to the car, I mean so that the smart key was in range to be recognized by the car? Or were you out of range? The manual does say that to shut off the engine remotely you have to press unlock on the remote. But maybe that only shuts off the engine if you out of range for the smart key's transponder?